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Creature Corner: Aug. 16, 2012

Creature Corner: Aug. 16, 2012

Make your birthday wish come true. If your biggest wish is for a dog, then ARF is the place to be. And that’s just how Bailey, the yellow Lab wiggled into her forever home. She became the best birthday present ever for her new human. Paws up to you. And if your wish is for […]

Baby raccoons sharing a lunch of nuts.

Outside Idyllwild: Close encounters of the furry kind …

This is the year for small mammals, including chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and gophers. I don’t remember ever seeing so many baby rabbits and chipmunks in the past. I seem to be seeing them every time I walk out my door.   In contrast, I have seldom seen or heard coyotes this season. Where are […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Ice cream and other frozen desserts …

I love ice cream; it’s my favorite dessert. Ice cream brings back great memories of my childhood. As a little girl every Saturday afternoon, my parents would load my younger sister and I up in the old pickup truck and make a dusty trip to the grocery store. Across the street was a creamery, which […]

Off the Main Roads: Beat the heat …

When I started backpacking over two decades ago, I was convinced that packing fresh food was “verboten.” The colossal weight of several extra ounces of avocado on your back were just not worth the delight of savoring it’s creamy green goodness. The hiking gods would never allow such a sin to go unpunished. If you […]

Past Tense: Aug. 9, 2012

Past Tense: Aug. 9, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Fern Valley Garage advertised “Expert Repair Service, Greeting Cards, Gift Wrappings.”   • • • Electric power was on its way to Pine Cove. Plans for a line from the Idyllwild Substation had been started prior to the war but were curtailed because of shortages. 60 years ago – 1952 […]

Sitting by the Fire: Goodbye

Well, I have goods news and more good news. First, the new IFPD Fire Chief is in place and he hit the ground running on Aug. 1. Second, my work here is done and I will be leaving soon. I will stay for a few days of transition. My last day in the office at IFPD will be Thursday, but I will return for a few hours to help with the Aug. 14 commission meeting. After Aug. 14, Betty and I will enjoy some real retirement for at least a while.

Creature Corner: Aug. 9, 2012

Creature Corner: Aug. 9, 2012

Four paws up to our furry canines and felines for wagging and purring your way right into forever homes. Daisy, the min-pin mix is now known as Miss Moneypenny and has the unconditional love of her humans. Lil Stevie, our partially blind rescue from Anza has found her way into her foster’s heart to make […]

Idyllwild Botany: Deer Springs or bust …

Idyllwild Botany: Deer Springs or bust …

As I have matured (read gotten older), often the journey has become more important than the destination. The exception to that rule came on our last hike. Deer Springs originates just below the summit of Marion Mountain at an elevation of right around 10,000 feet.   As one of the headwaters of the North Fork […]

Outside Idyllwild: Photographing birds; it’s harder than I thought …

Outside Idyllwild: Photographing birds; it’s harder than I thought …

We live in a place that is filled with bird life. You can’t go outside your door without seeing all manner of avian species. They are in the air, in the trees and on the ground; yet unless you are lucky or have the right equipment it is not easy getting a good photograph of […]

Fire and Forest: 'Citizen of the Year' and other lessons from the Woodies …

Fire and Forest: ‘Citizen of the Year’ and other lessons from the Woodies …

The Woodies are the rock stars of California fire safe councils.   As the volunteer arm of the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council, they abate homes and cut and split firewood for those in need. People driving past the HELP Center on a Friday morning have probably noticed a very busy group of people in […]

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